Another Gorilla died at Mont Tshiaberimu

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The trackers and vets at Mount T are shocked to report the sad death of a silverback named Kanindo, who died after falling into a ravine at Miamba, a three hour walk from the nearest patrol post at Kalibina. Kanindo fell and lay paralysed at the bottom of the gully for about four days, without food or water. Our trackers noted on 5 July that Kanindo and his juvenile companion Mukokya had not been seen.


Then two days later they saw Mukokya alone. This was not usual, as young Mukokya has been accompanying Kanindo ever since his father Nzanzu died of old age in February. Before that time, Kanindo had been a solitary gorilla. Trackers found Kanindo in a gully on the afternoon of 8 July, but he was unable to move, and they were unable to move him. Vets were called, and they went directly to the place.


The gorilla was howling in pain, and they gave painkillers and antibiotics. Three days this continued, but they were not able to save Kanindo from death, which came on 11 July at around 18:00. Kanindo, the dead gorilla, had been used to human presence thanks to efforts of the Gorilla Organization in this area since 1996 to save what is still left of this part of the park. All of the staff at Mount T are under a cloud of shock and emotions about his death.

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  1. Dana-Phoenix Arizona
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Poor Kanindo, suffering for such a long time. Did the Vets know he was paralyzed all along? I am so sorry for your loss and pray that Mukokya will be okay.

  2. Sherri S.
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a horrible, agonizing way to die, but at least you were able to ease his pain at the end. Will Mukokya be able to continue on his own, or will he join up with another group?

  3. Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m certain it was hard to watch Kanindo suffer so. I’m glad the vets were there to help ease his pain and that he had caring people around.


  4. Posted July 24, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Dear all,
    Thank you for your comments and pain.Now Mukokya is running alone and wondering.He doesn’t want to see even if trakers.It is horrible to become single after the death of his father Nzanzu and Kanindo.

  5. Megan
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    It has been about a month but my deep grieving for Kanindo has not lessened one bit. I am profoundly affected by Kanindo’s death and am sickened whenever I think about the suffering and pain and agony that he must have felt. And my heart breaks for Mukokya. I can’t imagine the loneliness and confusion he must feel.

    The only relief that I have comes from knowing that all of you amazing people at Tshiaberimu are there to look after our magnificant gorilla cousins. I am grateful the trackers and vets were able to reach Kanindo and offer him comfort during his final hours and to keep an eye on Mukokya as he mourns and finds his way.

    As time goes on, I pray that everyone affected by the loss of Kanindo will heal, but may he never be forgotten.

    Thank you so much and please keep us updated on Mukokya.

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